Environmental Science 101: Environment and Humanity

Watch environment and humanity video lessons, and learn about environmental science, protecting the environment, issues surrounding pollution and more. These lessons make up just a portion of Education Portal's online videos. 

About this Course

Environmental Science 101: Environment and Humanity can teach you to differentiate between conservation and preservation, while also introducing you to the subfields of atmospheric, geological and biological science. This series of educator-developed video lessons also focuses on water and land resources, the green revolution, and ethical and legal issues related to the environment.

Introduction to Environmental Science Learn what environmental science is. Study the difference between conservation and preservation. Take a look at the timeline of environmental history in the U.S.
Ecosystems Explore the levels of ecology. Examine ecological niches, the laws of thermodynamics, trophic levels and fossil fuels. Also take a look at greenhouse gases and global warming.
Interaction Among Organisms in the Ecosystem Discover interspecific competition, exclusion and niche difference and predator/prey interactions. Learn about camouflage, warning coloration and mimicry.
Evolving Ecosystems Find out about biomes, primary productivity of biomes and ecological succession. Learn about succession in freshwater and terrestrial communities, theory of evolution and types of natural selection.
Atmospheric Science Examine the dynamic earth, solar energy, global climate change and acid deposition. Also take a look at the atmospheric cycle, weather patterns effect on climate and the stratospheric ozone layer.
Geological Science Discover the effect of erosion and deposition on landforms and evidence for the mechanism of continental drift. Explore earthquakes, volcanoes and the rock cycle, too.
Biological Science Learn about the importance of biological diversity, extinction of species, restoration ecology, conservation biology and world conservation strategy.
Pollution of Freshwater Study the water cycle and the unique properties of water. Examine water resource problems, water management and conservation and water pollution.
Land Resources Look at land use and ownership in the U.S. Study sustainable forest management, deforestation, degradation and desertification of rangelands and wilderness management of federal public lands.
Population and the Environment Discover the cause of population size, biotic potential, human population growth and population characteristics. Find out about Thomas Malthus' theory of human population growth.
Food and Agricultural Resources Study world hunger problems, types of agriculture and agriculture problems. Explore the green revolution, conservation of land resources and solving agricultural problems.
Solid and Hazardous Waste Take a look at how waste is managed. Study the composting process, how to reduce solid waste and integrated waste management. Also learn about green chemistry and source reduction.
Human Impact on the Environment Explore factors that determine the human impact on the environment, the enhanced greenhouse effect and deforestation. Look at declining biological diversity, agricultural and industrial revolutions, industrial development of emerging nations and industrial ecology.
Renewable Resources Study energy sources that come from reusable sources, such as the sun and wind.
Nonrenewable Resources Learn more about energy consumption across the globe, mining for coal, making coal better for the environment, oil and natural gas reserves, nuclear power and electric power. Also study safety concerns and risks of nuclear power plants.
Environmental Sustainability Discover human behaviors that threaten the environment, sustainable development within environmental limits, the complexities of sustainable consumption and voluntary simplicity as sustainable consumption.
Environmental Risk Analysis Examine the management of potential health risks through risk assessment, environmental toxicology and epidemiology, disease-causing agents in the environment and the monitoring of public water supplies for bacteria. Study environmental changes and disease, the magnification of toxicants, mobility of persistent toxicants, interaction in chemical mixtures and why kids are so susceptible to toxicants.
Ethical and Political Processes of the Environment Learn about environmental ethics. Study human values and problems, world views, justice and ethical issues, planning and decision making and legislation in relation to the environment. Study impact statements, the economics of pollution, incentive-based regulatory approaches, world trade rules and environmental policies and future environmental concerns.

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